Research Links: List of Databases, Course Reserves

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My professor told me s/he put something on reserve. Where can I get it?

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"Course reserves" are specific items that class instructors keep in the library (or on the library website) for students to easily access.

There are 2 types of Reserves:

  1. Physical Reserves (items kept in the library)
  2. Electronic Reserves, or E-reserves (items available online)

You may have to check both places in order to find the reserve materials for your class.

More information about accessing reserves...

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How do I find a particular map?

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As of Fall 2013, the Map Cases are located on the 5th floor of Lied Library (northwest corner). Our large flat maps are located in these cases, and are called UNLV Maps in the online catalog. Folded maps are in the Government Publications stacks, and are called UNLV Gov Pubs.

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What types of maps are collected at Lied Library?

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The Lied Library map collection contains a wide variety of maps, including maps accompanying environmental impact statements for federal and state land, U.S. Geological Survey, miscellaneous maps treated as government publications, and CD-ROMs containing maps that have been scanned or loaded as datafiles.

Where are Government Publications located in Lied Library?

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Most federal, state, and local publications are located in the compact shelving on the east side of second floor of Lied Library, behind the bound periodicals. Microforms and CD-ROMs are located in cases on the second floor. Some titles are kept in the reference collection near the second floor desk. Government publications located in LASR (our automated storage and retrieval system) are indicated as such in the online catalog.

Ask at the second floor Research and Information desk for more assistance.

What topics do government publications cover?

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Government publications can cover virtually any subject, including Congressional laws and hearings, nutrition, crime, diseases, endangered species, and immigration. The U.S. federal government is the world's greatest collector and publisher of statistics.

What are government publications?

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Government publications are documents issued, published, or financed by local, state, federal, or international government agencies, such as the Department of Education, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, or the City of Henderson. Government publications come in many formats, including books, maps, periodicals, microforms, pamphlets, CD-ROMs, and Internet sites.

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Can I chat if the computer I am using does not have Instant Messaging software installed?

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Yes! During chat reference hours you can click the link below. If chat reference is closed, you can send an e-mail.

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What is a screen name?

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A screen name is a name that you choose to identify yourself online when instant messaging with others. You will need to establish a screen name with one of the supported Instant Messaging services before logging in and chatting with a librarian.

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What is Instant Messaging?

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Instant Messaging is a form of electronic communication that uses software such as AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger to exchange text-based messages between two or more people in real-time.

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What is Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval Unit (LASR?)

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LASR is a storage area where older or less used items are kept in order to make room on the shelves for newer material. It's located on the 1st floor of Lied Library, behind the glass wall opposite the reference desk.

Books and journals can be retrieved from LASR by using the Request This Item button in the catalog:

 

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Why don't certain features or links in the database seem to work when I am off campus?

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Several things can be going wrong:

  1. Javascript does not run properly.
    You must enable your browser to run javascript. Some anti-virus programs can prevent javascript from running and you may have to disable them to see the database properly.
  2. Your browser may be caching a failed access attempt.
    Try deleting the cache, sometime called temporary internet files, stored by your browser.
  3. Certain content or features might not be part of the library's subscription.
    In these cases you won't be able to access content because the library has not purchased access to it. You may get an error message as you try to enter certain parts of a database, or you may see links that appear to be inactive.
  4. You need to use a specific browser to be able to view the database.
    Some databases require the use of a particular browser or version of a browser. If you are using an older browser, consider updating to a newer version.

 

I'm having problems using the "Back" button in my Web browser when I've finished searching one database and wish to search another.

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As a result of the way the web and your browser work, you may experience problems using the Back button with your web browser to switch to another database. If this happens go back to the UNLV Libraries homepage (www.library.unlv.edu) connect to the database from the journal articles page.

Will I have to enter my library barcode number and PIN (or ACE account information) each time I switch to a different database?

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You will not need to re-enter your library barcode number and PIN (or ACE account information) when you switch to another database unless you close your browser or are inactive for more than ten minutes. All logins expire at midnight.

When I try to open journals that are PDFs I get a white screen or the error message, "Cannot download [filename] from ezproxy.library.unlv.edu." Is there anything I can do to fix this?

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Several things can cause this problem:
 

  1. Make sure you have a copy of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. It is needed to display PDF documents.
  2. Try saving the document to your computer. First right click on the PDF link. A menu will appear, choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" from the menu. When the dialog box appears select a location to save the document and click on the save button. The file is now saved and you can open the document from your computer.
  3. Try changing your preferences in Adobe Acrobat. Open Adobe Acrobat from the start menu of your computer. Click on Edit in the top menu. From the list that appears choose preferences. A box will appear; click on "Internet" on the left side of the page. Remove the check mark in the box next to "Display PDF in browser". In older versions of Adobe this may be called "Web browser integration".

 

I can log in, but I get a cookie error. Do I have to enable cookies to access the library databases?

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Yes, you must enable cookies to remotely use the databases. Both EZproxy and certain databases send "cookies" to your browser when you connect to verify that you are an authorized user. These cookies are deleted when your session is over. If you are not sure how to enable cookies, http://www.google.com/cookies.html has directions for most browsers.

After I log in, I get a security warning that tells me that I am about be redirected to a connection that is not secure. Is it safe to continue?

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Yes. The remote access system is set up to use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt your barcode and PIN. After you have successfully logged in, you are connected to a database. The browser is just letting you know that you are moving from a secure site, to one that does not need this type of security.

I can access the databases from home, but I am at work and cannot access them. Why not?

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Many workplaces have a firewall, preset security settings, or their own proxy server. All of these can interfere with remote access. You will need to talk to the network administrator at your place of business to see if remote access will be possible.

I get to the login screen, and it seems to accept my user name and password/PIN, but then I get an error message saying that the EZproxy administrator must authorize something, or I get a hostname error page. What's wrong?

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This means something is wrong on our end. Use our Report a Problem form to let us know what database or journal you were trying to access and we will check to make sure it is set up correctly to enable remote access.

What is wrong if I get the error, "The maximum number of users has temporarily been reached for (database name). Please re-select your database(s)".

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This means that you have successfully logged on, but that you have attempted to connect to a database which limits the number of people who can use the database at the same time, and that limit has been reached.  For some of our database subscriptions, we are limited in terms of the maximum number of simultaneous users. If the maximum number of users are using the database already and you try to access, this is the message you will see. Try again later.

I get the error, "Sorry, cannot locate patron record."

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This means that a wrong barcode was entered in the login screen. Try re-entering the information. It could also mean your RebelCard is not activated with the library. Bring your RebelCard to any of the UNLV Libraries' Circulation Desks to activate your card.

I am asked for a PIN and I don't have one.

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If you have not set up your PIN , you can do it now by following these simple, SELF-SERVICE procedures:

  • Go to: www.library.unlv.edu/ (or use a nearby Express Station if you are in the library)
  • Click on "Your Account" at the top of the page
  • Enter the barcode from the back of your RebelCard ID
  • Click on "Submit"
  • create a four-character PIN (numbers and/or letters in upper or lower case are all acceptable)

Or select the FULL SERVICE option and ask a staff member at the Lied Library Circulation Desk or any of the branch libraries to set a PIN for you.

Alternatively (if this is for database access) you can log in using your ACE account.

 

 

Why am I being asked to pay to access a full-text article?

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Some of the links in Google Scholar will lead to full-text documents located at publishers' pay-per-view web sites. UNLV students, faculty and staff do not need to pay for access to many of these items. If you have set your Library Links preference to UNLV, the "Get Text from UNLV" link will appear for all articles that UNLV pays for access to. If no "Get Text from UNLV" link appears, you can use the "Check UNLV Holdings" link to find out if UNLV has a print subscription to that journal or to request a copy of the article from UNLV Libraries Interlibrary Loan.

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Why do some titles in Google Scholar have links to abstracts and/or full text and others do not?

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Search results may include citations [CITATION], books [BOOK], PDFs [PDF] and PostScript documents [PS]. PDF and PostScript documents will have clickable title links that point to abstracts or full text, but citations and books will not.

Google Scholar Citation

Citations are items that have been extracted from the references, footnotes or bibliographies of documents indexed by Google Scholar. They typically do not have clickable links, but the citation usually gives you enough information to track down the item if you want to read it. Clicking on 'Web Search' will start a search for the citation using the standard Google search engine - this can help you determine the title of the book or journal the article was published in if it is abbreviated in the citation.

You can use the Library Catalog (for books) or the list of UNLV Print and Online Journal Subscriptions (for journals) to see if UNLV has access to the item being cited. For more hints on tracking down a copy of the journal with the article you want, see the Find Journals page.

Google Scholar Book

Books appear in search results when a document indexed by Google Scholar references a book. Google Scholar creates a book result, but doesn't link to the actual book. If you have set UNLV as your Library Links preference, the "Check UNLV holdings" link will appear, allowing you to search the UNLV Library Catalog or put in a interlibrary loan request to borrow an item from another library. A 'Web Search' will start a search using the standard Google search engine, and will often lead to Amazon and other commercial sites where books may be purchased.

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Can I search within a specific journal or search for articles written by a particular author in Google Scholar?

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Yes! Use Google Scholar's Advanced Search to search by author, publication, and date. Increase the accuracy and effectiveness of Google Scholar searches by checking out Advanced Scholar Search Tips.

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What does 'Cited by' mean in Google Scholar?

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Clicking the 'Cited by' link will display a list of articles and documents that have cited the document originally retrieved in the search. This makes it possible to uncover other documents related by topic or subject to the original document. However, Google Scholar only includes articles that are indexed within its database, and this is a much smaller subset of scholarly articles than found in some other UNLV-subscribed databases. Some databases that include citation-based searching, and that may yield more comprehensive results, include:

To find items cited in the bibliographies of books, try Google Book Search. This tool lets you find your search term in the full text of books, but it will not let you view entire books online. It will show you a few pages surrounding your search hits and link you to an online bookstore. Check the Library Catalog to see if UNLV owns a copy of a book you find in Google Book Search.

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How do I set the preferences for Library Links to UNLV?

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From the Google Scholar Preferences page, search for UNLV. After you search, check the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries (Get Text from UNLV) box. If you are not working on a computer on the UNLV campus, you will be asked to enter your barcode number to get access to articles that are part of UNLV's collection.

Google Scholar Citation

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What are the benefits of setting the Google Scholar preferences for Library Links to UNLV?

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A "Get Text from UNLV" link will appear next to the title of an article when UNLV has online subscription access. You will also have the ability to check UNLV Libraries' print holdings for some items using the "Check UNLV holdings" link.Google Scholar Citation

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What areas of scholarly research are covered by Google Scholar?

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Google Scholar searches a specific subset of Google's index and covers a wide range of academic content areas; however coverage appears to be strongest in science and technology, and weakest in the humanities. Just as with Google's standard Web Search, Google Scholar ranks and lists results according to how relevant they are to the search query. The most relevant references should theoretically appear at the top of the page.

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What is Google Scholar?

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Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. Google Scholar searches a variety of undisclosed academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. The full text of many items is freely available online, although in some instances abstracts with links to pay-per-view interlibrary loan are displayed.

While we encourage you to try Google Scholar, keep in mind that this software is 'in Beta.' Beta status indicates that Google Scholar is still in development, and you may therefore encounter some inconsistencies or peculiarities. Databases found on the Find Articles and More page will let you search scholarly information with specialized search tools designed to help you retrieve exactly what you need.

Google ScholarT is a trademark of Google Inc.

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